Sunday, December 20, 2015

How Did I Do With My 2015 Media Predictions?

1. Univision will spin off into an IPO - NOPE!

2. CBS Radio will sell all of their radio stations or spin them off - NOPE!

3. Disney will not spin off ABC - NOPE!

4. “Kelly and Michael” repeats will be aired on a cable network - NOPE!

5. ESPN and Univision will move some sports properties to Fusion - YES! Dan Le Batard Show airs daily on the network

6. Tribune will acquire a stake in the CW Network - NOPE!

7. Starz will be acquired by a large conglomerate - NOPE!

8. Sinclair will launch NewsChannel8 nationally via cable or multicast - NOPE!

9. Syndicated television shows will make a move to smaller cable networks in need of original programming - NOPE!

10. Station groups will continue to produce original syndicated programming that serve as a local-national hybrid  - YES!

11. NBC will debut a new graphics package for the Winter Classic and Super Bowl - YES!

12. Universal Sports will shut down after NBC decides to leave the venture. - YES!

13. Pivot Network will shut down their linear network and become an OTT network, partner with a conglomerate to market itself better. - NOPE!

14. Fusion will become a more powerful online news source but lose more clout on its linear service - Fusion will shift away from news and will be filled with hours of ABC News, Univision and ESPN documentary repeats, YouTube shows moved to television. YES!

15. Vice will launch a 24/7 news network in conjunction with A&E - YES!

16. HLN’s social media rebrand will not work and the network will dabble into reality television. They may also sub-license time to HuffPostLive - Almost right. HLN not giving time to HuffPo but will leverage CNN's upscripted shows 

17. CNN will venture into scripted programming about historical events - NOPE!

18. MSNBC will invest in different types of programming including documentaries, concerts, lifestyle shows, advocacy shows, and entertainment. Ronan Farrow’s show will be cancelled with Farrow becoming an online reporter for - Kind of. Ronan Farrow's show was cancelled. MSNBC is focusing more on news though

19. Fox News will stay the same, might add some Christian values programming - For the most part

20. Al Jazeera America will take more of a political stance, possibly add opinion hosts - NOPE!

21. A major media company invests in an online video satire news network to compete with Comedy Central - NOPE!

22. CNN enters the podcast game - YES!

23. Alisyn Camerota to “New Day,” Kate Bouldan to “SOTU” - 1/2 right. Kate B. moved to 11.

24. Jon Stewart joins CNN - NOPE!

25. Jimmy Kimmel loses ground to Stephen Colbert in the fall - NOPE! Colbert losing to Kimmel

26. Jimmy Fallon and The Tonight Show launch their own video portal - Kinda sorta. NBCU launched SeeSo, a comedy subscription network

27. Tonight Show repeats air on Esquire Network, Jimmy Kimmel also sells repeats to a cable network - NOPE!

28. GMA will continue to dominate Today Show - YES!

29. ABC launches an extra hour of “GMA.” - NOPE!

30. The NFL will opt out of contract with CBS -  NOPE!

31. The NFL will add two new wild card playoff games which will be sold separately between rightsholders. - NOPE!

32. NBC renews rights to Premier League soccer - NOPE!

33. ESPN and Fox acquire Big Ten rights together - NOPE!

34. WatchESPN and Fox Sports Go create joint portal - NOPE!

35. Howard Stern leaves Sirius to launch an online startup - NOPE!

36. Bill Simmons stays with ESPN - NOPE!

37. ESPN launches an ACC Network - NOPE!

38. World Cup will not change locations, Fox will be forced to sublicense games to ESPN - NOPE!

39. ABC Family will be re-branded - YES!

40. Twitter will launch its own video player - blocking out all of the other Twitter video clients. Sports rightsholders will sign deals with Twitter to launch feeds specifically for video highlights, GIFS, Vines of games. Rightsholders will also create segments specifically for Twitter. (The NFL did this with Twitter before launching NFL Now) Rightsholders will also claim copyright whenever highlights are posted without permission on Vine -- YES!

41. SportsCenter or Fox Sports Live will launch mini-editions of their shows for Snapchat - NOPE!

42. Media companies will repurpose content and produce new content exclusive for Snapchat and Twitter - YES!

43. Keith Olbermann will anchor an episode of SportsCenter - NOPE!

44. HBO’s subscription service will malfunction when it starts, will contribute to a decline in Netflix subscribers - NOPE!

45. AXS TV merges with another entertainment network - NOPE!

46. Ann Curry leaves NBC - YES!

47. American Idol goes on hiatus - YES! CANCELLED!  

48. Hillary Clinton will announce she is running for President on social media/YouTube - conduct her first interview with Univision/Fusion’s Jorge Ramos -- KINDA, she announced on YouTube but hasn't talked to Ramos

49. Advertisers will begin to produce multiple television programs for cable networks - NOPE!

50. Television advertising will continue to take a downturn as online advertising emerges - YES

51. Showtime and HBO partner up for Pacquiao/Mayweather PPV on May 2nd in Dallas, Texas- YES!

52. CBS talks to Viacom and Time Warner about merging, buys Lionsgate. Alibaba buys Sony. - NOPE!

53. Yahoo finds a way to air Katie Couric’s news programs on television through CNN, Fusion or HLN - NOPE! But she did make more appearances on both Today and GMA

54. CNN Center is used solely for CNN International and Turner Sports, all HLN and CNN programming move to New York - 1/2 right. HLN has a new studio in Atlanta and most of its live programming comes from ATL. CNN's morning and afternoon weekend shows also still come from ATL.

55. Amazon moves Twitch into a subscription format - NOPE!

56. Roc Nation gets into television and film production - NOPE!

57. Keith Olbermann finds a way to return to politics - NOPE!

58. Ryan Seacrest leaves NBCUniversal - NOPE!

59. Simon Cowell re-launches X-Factor OR launches another franchise online - NOPE!

60. Robin Meade and Nancy Grace will leave HLN - NOPE!

61. Nikki Finke and TMZ expand their coverage to Washington, D.C. - NOPE!

62. The National Enquirer/Radar Online owners increase video - YES! Radar Online teaming w/ Dr. Phil for a new TV show

63. Imus announces his retirement - NOPE!

64. Showtime will launch an OTT subscription service - YES!

65. Jim Rome will join The NFL Today - NOPE!

66. If CBS renews TNF, they will re-do the studio team - NOPE!

67. Facebook will expand digital video - YES!

68. Vessel will provide some extreme competition for YouTube - NOPE!

69. The Young Turks will get increased investment or possibly acquired - NOPE!

70. Major athletes partner together to start their own social network/app or media company - YES! Uninterrputed, Players Tribune, Unscripted Raw

71. ESPN will produce programming from a non-affiliated network - NOPE!

72. MSNBC will change their graphics package - YES!

73. Dan Patrick will be named as Alex Trebek's replacement on Jeopardy in 2017, Patrick leaves Sunday Night Football and is replaced by Josh Elliott - NOPE!

74. Sports Jeopardy will air on television via Game Show Network or a sports network - NOPE!

75. Mike Francesa will move to MSG TV - NOPE!

As I think of more predictions, they'll be posted here.

76. Stephen A. Smith will re-sign with ESPN - YES!

77. Jamie Horowitz will join Fox Sports 1 - YES!

78. Rex Ryan will be fired by the Jets, sign with ESPN as a Monday Night Football commentator - NOPE!

79. Yahoo will not merge or get acquired by AOL or anyone else, Marissa Mayer gets one last chance to prove herself - YES!

80. A live network centered around YouTube stars will launch - NOPE!

81. The networks above alongside newspapers, apps and digital website will all delve into creating more personalized newscasts on mobile devices. - YES! Reuters Live

82. Facebook and ABC News will strengthen their relationship and increase the reach of ABC's videos, ABC News' GoStream and Nightline video venture will help the network grow it's user base online. - Unknown

83. NBC News will launch a streaming network similar to CBSN which is based around the "Today" and "Meet the Press" franchises. - NOPE!

84. HuffPostLive will find it's way on television in 2015 - NOPE!

85. BuzzFeed will enter into a partnership with ABC News that benefits Fusion. They will also increase their live streaming videos.- NOPE! BuzzFeed/NBC partnered up

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